Yesterday and today, our pups, Skipper and Lucy (that’s Lucy in the image above), accompanied us into the garden to harvest the first edible fruits of our Back to Eden labors. I say ‘edible,’ because over the weekend, I harvested one squash that I had unwittingly let go past its prime, developing a thick, warty skin characteristic of the old crookneck variety.
Thing is, I didn’t know that a thick, warty skin was characteristic of that variety. I expected the squash to be like the ones my grandmother grows on my grandparents’ farm — good sized, smooth, and with a curved neck. The term ‘crookneck’ had deceived me. I tried calling my grandma this morning to find out what variety she grows, but she didn’t answer — probably out working in her own garden. 🙂
After seeing a second squash seemingly headed towards the thick, warty skin stage, I did an online search to find out what was the deal. Apparently, crookneck squash must be picked early and picked often, before it has the chance to develop the less desirable skin.
Next year, I’ll find out what variety my grandmother grows — probably a prolific hybrid variety — and I’ll plant that one. Nothing like some good, fresh squash fried up with onions on a summer day.